For the seventh year, Sandvik Coromant Co. (www.coromant.sandvik.com/us) donated time, support and resources to the SkillsUSA Championships, demonstrating continued commitment to the education and development of America’s skilled workforce.
SkillsUSA, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to students and professionals in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, held the annual competition during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, June 24-30. Offering more than 80 hands-on skill and leadership contests ranging from precision machining and CNC milling technology to masonry and cosmetology, each event is designed to measure an individual’s ability against the skills necessary for entry-level jobs.
Sandvik Coromant provided support and resources for the Precision Machining Technology contest, donating cutting tools for traditional machining methods such as turning, milling and drilling.
Contestants competed in NIMS Level l & II manual machining skills and knowledge areas including operation of manual milling machines, lathes, drill presses and surface grinders. Judges also evaluated their knowledge of CNC programming skills using a PC, as well as related knowledge and skill in the areas of engineering drawing interpretation, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), technical math, machining practices, use of precision measuring/hand tools and ability to communicate verbally using proper industry terminology.
Sandvik Coromant has announced it will support the 2008 SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City next June.